Sick Riffs: David Rybka takes you on a trippy psych-rock journey with Deepshade's Monster

Sick Riffs #44: This is quite possibly the strangest time the world has seen in generations. Why not double up on the weird factor and give this psych/alt-rock riff a go? 

Deepshade guitarist/vocalist David Rybka joins Guitar World to teach you how to play Monster, from British alt-rock trio Deepshade's sophomore album, Soul Divider.

The wacky six-stringer plays a Fender Telecaster electric guitar through a Marshall MG Series 100 amp and a ProCo Rat Distortion pedal.

"It's a bad time for all, all gigs cancelled," says Rybka. "COVID-19 has stopped us practicing - the rooms we rent are struggling to make ends meet as no bands can practice there. It's been a huge impact on our salary, so we've just got to sit this one out and await the return of live music..."

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Sick Riffs is a Guitar World video series designed to help guitarists affected by the coronavirus. Self-isolating players around the world have each filmed a lesson where they teach you one of their own guitar riffs, up close and personal. If you dig the lesson, we encourage you to buy music and merch from the artist or stream their music.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.